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A Timeline for a Job Search in Mathematics - JANUARY - AFTER THE MEETINGS

Cameron Sawyer
  1. Write thank you notes or e-mails.  This will be made incredibly easier if you can manage to write down after each interview the names of the people you talked to!  You will not remember them (there are just too many), and they may not be the same people listed in the program.
  2. Take initiative after the meetings. Contact schools that interest you from whom you have not heard.  Don't assume that they have filled their position or that they are not interested in you.  Due to busy schedules, budgets, etc., every institution is on a different schedule.  Keep in touch with them, so that you will know where things stand, and they will know that you are still interested.
  3. Don't rest yet! Start planning your teaching and research talk for your school visits (if you get the basic idea then you can adapt it to fit each school's need).  Some schools will give you a specific topic for your teaching talk (section * out of so-and-so's Calculus book), but for all those that don't, try to connect your teaching talk to your research.  I know this is hard, but it is also very impressive if you can manage it.  For fun ideas see Harvey Mudd College Math Fun Facts.

Cameron Sawyer, "A Timeline for a Job Search in Mathematics - JANUARY - AFTER THE MEETINGS," Convergence (November 2004)